THE DEAD ROOM
A ghost story with a seamless plot and
diverse characters would have been enough to keep most readers turning the pages. So Graham's addition of a tasty serial killer subplot is a definite bonus. The only downside: a love-it-or-hate-it ending -- and I still can't decide which camp I'm in.
Since the explosion that killed her fiance, Matt, and nearly took her life, archaeologist Leslie MacIntyre has been able to converse with ghosts. It's unnerving, and when Leslie revisits the scene of the tragedy, downright scary. But there's something more sinister -- and tangible -- than ghosts at work there: a serial killer who's being hunted by the police and Matt's cousin, P.I. Joe Connolly.
Though she's grateful for his support and protection, Joe's presence is a threat to her peace of mind. Joe strongly resembles Matt, and he's a constant reminder of what Leslie has lost -- and is still dreaming about on a nightly basis. (MIRA, Apr., 384 pp., $24.95)